Hard to believe that four years have passed since the first DMX RGB Pixel Project was cobbled together.
For 2009, we’re working on something completely different. These don’t yet have a name – or even some sample photos – but here’s a sneak peak of the feature list.
- System brightness to be halfway between the point source and a ‘classic’ big pixels. Design uses 3 each wide-angle red, green and blue emitters.
- Component count is *significantly* lower than any of our existing designs and 100% surface mount, which keeps the assembly robots fast & happy.
- Boards are daisy chainable with cat5 jumpers OR hard-soldered connections, up to 255 per string, provided that +12v supply is re-injected from time to time. Current draw remains stable at ~ 60 mA per pixel.
- Position Agnostic! No need to address each individual pixel.
- Head-end controller handles all DMX massaging, addressing and color updating.
- Working on a plastic ‘overmolded’ enclosure for a totally weatherproof system.
- May even feature a plastic ‘jewel’ similar in size/shape to a standard C9 lamp.
- Circuit board size is 2″ x .6″
- Head-end controllers will be daisy-chainable using industry-standard XLR-4 ‘Color Scroller‘ cables, which combine a shielded, twisted pair for data and a heavy gauge pair for power. Last year’s cable harnesses (1 x cat5, 1 x 18 gauge pair) worked well but took way too long to assemble.
I’m very excited about these, actually. The assembly shop is working on a test batch of 100 pieces, which should be delivered in a week or so.
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